Loyola Crew Teams Post Strong Showings at Schuylkill Regatta

Oct. 27, 2008

Philadelphia, Penn. - The Loyola crew teams raced in seven events on Saturday at the Head of the Schuylkill Regatta in Philadelphia, Penn., posting some very notable results. The men's freshmen team highlighted the day by capturing second in the Men's Frosh Four, while the women placed third in the Women's Frosh Four.

With rugged and heavy winds originally expected to cancel the event, the weather ended up cooperating and all races at the event were held.

The Loyola men's freshmen got the day off on a strong start in the Men's Frosh Four. The boat-composed of Kyle Mannheimer (stroke), Peter DeMarco, Christian Klawunder, A.J. Micheli and Tom Quuinn (coxswain), finished in second place in the event. The Greyhounds finished at 16:45.4600 and beat seven other colleges, with the winner being Pennsylvania Athletic Club.

The women's novices captured third-place among 11 teams in the Women's Frosh Four. The boat of Jackie Pilkington, Christine Hryzak, Kim Winiarczyk, Julianne Roccuzzo (stroke) and Reilly O'Brien (coxswain) finished the event at 20.03.633. The Loyola boat edged out crews from University of Maryland, Rutgers, and U.S. Military Academy. Villanova University won the event and LaSalle placed second.

"I think that both of the freshmen teams performed very well. The teams faced a lot of distractions but we were able to tune them out," Head Coach Al Ramirez said. "I know that (Elliot Lane, the freshman coach) was very satisfied."

The men's Freshmen Eight placed 23rd out of 31 teams, finishing in 16:55.74. The team beat crews from Villanova, St. Joe's and Fordham. The Naval Academy won the event and Princeton placed second. The women's Freshman Eight placed 27th of 37 teams at 19:35.5, coming in just two seconds behind Bucknel, traditionally a very strong rowing school.

Ramirez said that it was nice to expose his novices to such a large number of good crews and that that they gained some very valuable experience.

In the fifth event of the race, a group of lightweights raced for Loyola in the Men's Open Four. The Greyhounds' boat of Josh Tarini, Sean Baker, Alex Canale, Zuri Malick, with Genevieve Dalton of the women's team serving as coxswain, finished in 10th place among 21 teams at 17.22.

The women's team earned 11th overall in the Women's Open Four and was the fourth college to finish at 18:51.53. Ramirez said that hard winds made the boat difficult to direct for coxswain Reilly O'Brien., but the Greyhounds still placed ahead of teams like Army, St. Joe's, Villanova and Lafayette College.

The Men's Club Open 8 concluded the race for Loyola. With strong headwinds again serving as a hindrance, the Loyola boat got in a collision with the boat of Philadelphia University. The Loyola boat-led by coxswain Tom Quinn- steered for he wrong arch of the bridge and ended up getting their boat stuck up against the official's safety launch. Despite the incident, the team still placed a very respectable eighth of 30 teams at a time of 15.03:8033. U.S. Naval Academy won the event.

"We made out as well as we could have considering the circumstances of the race but we're going to have to do better by next week," Ramirez said. "We're going to have to work on our execution so we can get more consistent and improve as quickly as possible."

Loyola will head to Fairfax, Va., next weekend for the Head of the Ocoquan Regatta.